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Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #6: Sailing Rigs?

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 02-15-2012 03:46 AM 5120 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Would love some thoughts and feedback on which sailing rig to use…

The pdr.com website has a nice section on it…but basically gives ideas for many…

The plans I am following call for a sunfish sail set…making the spars and rig…

I am leaning to following the plans…just because I will have all the details to follow…even though the pdr website describes many options—-there are no “exact” instructions…

SORRY no new photos….but I can tell you since my last Weekender (my other sail boat build) blog I have worked nearly every weekend on one or both boats even if a little bit…and I am making progress…which is why I am getting ready to think about rigs…

So here is what I have done on the pdr: lots of sanding and hole filling, air box divider, air box deck plate holes cut and perected (dry fit deck plates), clear epoxy inside air boxes…cut deck pieces, stern and bow pieces.

NEXT UP: glassing bottom, mast step, mast (and spars), deck plate final glue in, deck, stern and bow…make sail, PAINT…BAM…some of these jobs will take 20 minutes…some longer…so I think I will get pretty far with a three day weekend coming up…

STAY TUNED…PHOTOS coming…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007



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jack1

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 03:55 AM

Are you considering jib and main’sl? Who or where are going to get your sails from? Reason I ask is that they may have some good suggestions/requirements.
Some good makers in Seattle area.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:55 AM

Sorry, Matt, my only advice for sailing is lots of Dramamine 8^O

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 02:58 PM

Waiting for the photos.

I think the Sunfish sail set is probably a fairly cheap and easy way to come up with a sail (though Sunfishes aren’t as popular as they once were). I was down at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon recently that and noticed that they had a whole bunch of boats that looked very similar to the Puddle Duck, but I didn’t see the rigging, just the hulls. If you’re having trouble coming up with sails I could ask my contact down there to track down their source.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Napaman

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 04:04 AM

sorry on the photos…SOON…

My first thought on the sunfish was—-wow…go fast and just BUY a mast and rigging…just get in the water…but went online and it looks like a new rig would cost hundreds—-more then the rest of the boat…

So now I am leaning to the plans—-which calls for sunfish design….but i make everything…spars and polytarp…

BUT YES…DAN—-any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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shipwright

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 05:25 AM

A poly tarp is not a sail Matt. Find a used sail source in your area. Do a search, there will be at least a few if not several in Cal. See what the best deal is within the parameters of the design. The people at the sail loft will be knowledgeable and likely will know the design. Making your own spars is easy and will save you money but please, leave the tarp on the woodpile.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 02:44 PM

Sounds good, but need photos!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Napaman

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 04:09 PM

LOL Paul! Clearly you are not a reader of SCA…I love you man! The latest Small Craft Advisor discusses how far poly tarp has come…including NICE ONES…the other option will be TYVEK construction paper…dont worry—-my WEEKENDER will have REAL sales…this is just to get me on the water 2 minutes from my house…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Napaman

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 12:43 AM

How about this site: poly international sails…???

http://www.polysail.com/Lego.htm

JUST AS STARTER SAILS!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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shipwright

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 02:30 AM

A poly tarp is not a sail Matt. Oh did I already say that?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Napaman

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 03:24 AM

so I am not building a sail boat then,....just a polyboat? this is so confusing…check out the link…it looks good as a starter set…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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shipwright

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 02:43 PM

It’ll be fine Matt, I’m just a bit of a traditionalist…... and I was yanking your chain a bit….........sorry :-(

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Napaman

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 03:59 PM

I know…no sorry needed…I am having fun with the banter…but I guess this means I wont be a sailor until I finish the Weekender…until then I will be a Polyor?

The link above shows completed leg o mutton sets…and full instructions if you want to make your own…so it is intriguing…

I may be starting spars this weekend…but i need to decide on a sail plan before I can more forward…

THREE DAY WEEKEND BABY! So photos for sure!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Napaman

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#13 posted 03-02-2012 01:13 AM

just a little note:

SAILS ARRIVED…sooooo excited…and I have a 3 day weekend (furlough days suck)...so going to try and get far…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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shipwright

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#14 posted 03-02-2012 03:54 AM

Yeah Matt, It really starts to get real when the sails arrive. Keep yer nose to the grindstone and you’ll be sailing before you know it.
Good on ya.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Napaman

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#15 posted 03-02-2012 04:36 PM

thanks paul…cant wait to get out a little later…since I decided on a rig I can now move forward on the leeboard placement, mast, mast placement… I have some math to do…yikes…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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